Dr. Swezey’s first teaching experiences came as a combat survival instructor for the
US Air Force. His teaching duties took him across the country, including a summer
semester at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. After finishing his military
commitment, he followed God’s leading into K-12 education earning a degree in Biblical
Studies and a secondary teaching certificate in history. He taught world history in both
public and Christian school settings, and Bible and student government in a Christian
high school in California. He earned a master’s degree in School Administration at
Columbia International University and accepted a position as principal at a PS2-8
Christian school. After completing a doctorate in educational leadership at George Fox
University, the Lord provided teaching opportunities at George Fox University and then
Regent University where he was able to pursue his passion for teaching and conducting
much needed research into the effectiveness of Christian school programs. He has
published several qualitative research studies in a variety of peer-reviewed journals on
an assortment of topics. After four years of teaching at Regent, he joined the faculty at
Liberty University in 2011 where he teaches foundations and educational leadership
courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. 



Public and Private School Administration: An Overview in Christian Perspective (with Samuel J. Smith (Editor)), Samuel J. Smith (2013)

Whether preparing for a future position as a principal or presently beginning to navigate the...


Book Chapters


Released-Time Programs in Religion Education (with Katherine G. Schultz), Faculty Publications and Presentations (2013)



Educating in the Spirit: An Examination the Person and Role of the Holy Spirit in Christian School Education (Part One), ICCTE Journal (2015)

This essay is the first of a two-part article that examines the Person and role...



Faculty Perceptions of Teacher Professionalism in Christian Schools (with Donald E. Finn), Faculty Publications and Presentations (2014)

Able school administrators understand that teachers are their most valuable asset. If Christian schools are...



Poverty and Persistence: A Model for Understanding Individuals' Pursuit and Persistence in a Doctor of Education Program (with Amanda J. Rockinson-Szapkiw, Lucinda S. Spaulding, and Carolyn J. Wicks), Faculty Publications and Presentations (2014)

The purpose of this systematic grounded theory study was to extend the theoretical foundations of...



Faculty Perceptions of Academic Freedom at a Private Religious University (with T. Christopher Ross), Faculty Publications and Presentations (2011)

Academic freedom is viewed by many in higher education as an indispensable foundational principle offering...


Conference Presentations


Understanding the Role of Childhood Poverty in Doctoral Motivation and Persistence (with Amanda J. Rockinson-Szapkiw, Lucinda S. Spaulding, and Carolyn Wicks), Faculty Publications and Presentations (2014)